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Hi I'm Ashley Danielle

I work, I organize, I create... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southwest Virginia. I attended college at Brigham Young University and was getting ready to start my program for Social Science Teaching Secondary Education when I met my husband. He was heading to medical school in Arizona...so that's how we ended up in Phoenix. We are in his final year of med school now and I have worked as a Garnishment Specialist in the Payroll Department for a major grocery chain since we moved to Arizona. In my free time I enjoy making crafts, watching movies, organizing, learning new skills...I just enjoy a lot of things really. I've decided that you can have fun doing anything as long as you have a good attitude and the activity is uplifting.

Why I am a Mormon

As a mentioned before, I have been a member of the church my whole life, but that doesn't mean it was always convenient or that the only reason I go to church is because I grew up in it. I'm from rural Southwest Virginia. The church is still very small in this area of the country. Growing up I was often challenged about my beliefs "as a Mormon"...even during class! Though I was often put into uncomfortable situations by others who tried to intimidate me, my testimony and faith in the gospel only grew more because I had to know for myself what I was standing up for. I can tell you right now that if I did not believe in the teachings of this church and have a testimony, I would have left the church back in high school when the pressure from peers was so intense. The Church has been such a blessing in my life. I can honestly say that I made it through high school completely unscathed because I was obedient to principles and standards I learned at church in my youth. I did not struggle with alcohol, smoking, pornography, immodesty, sexual exploration...and the list could go on for miles about what teenagers struggle with. The reason I didn't struggle with those things is because I believed what I learned at church about standards the youth should live by, such as, not dating until 16, dressing modestly, listening to good music and only watching clean movies. I learned that I was a daughter of God, that staying morally clean would bring me closer to the Lord, and that I could have a happy marriage and family if I follow the principles I learn at church. Church standards helped me stay on level ground and feel good about myself during a time when my peers were living on roller coasters of high emotion and then deep depression. Living these standards still help me feel clean and allowed me to feel the spirits guidance a lot more in my. I'm able to recognize the spirit more easily when I live in accordance with the standards of the church and when I obey commandments. I have a testimony that grows everyday and is strengthened as I continuously try to live the gospel more fully in my life.

How I live my faith

My current callings in the church allow me to teach and create activities for the young women ages 12-13. Each sunday we have a meeting that is specifically for the young women in the church ages 12-18 (I'm in charge of the girls ages 12-13). We have a lot of fun learning principles of the gospel and sharing stories about how the gospel relates to what goes on in their lives everyday. During the middle of the week we have a meeting that the girls can come to where we learn a valuable skill or just have a fun activity together. I am also a member of the activities committee in our ward, which allows me to help plan and carry out extra activities that are usually held once every few months where the entire ward comes for the activity. For example, just this past Saturday night we had a Ward Picnic. It included a Chili Cook off, lots of Hot Dogs, a baseball game, water balloons for the younger kids, and a movie with popcorn to round up the night. Ward activities are just a really fun opportunity to socialize more casually and to get to know the Ward members in an everyday situation rather then just seeing them at church every Sunday. I really enjoy both of my callings and even though it takes work, most of my favorite memories over the last few months involve my young women and the lessons and classes we have together.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ashley Danielle
Mormons greatly admire Joseph Smith because he was a prophet of God just like prophets in the Old Testament such as Moses, Noah, etc. We do not worship Joseph Smith, we only worship God, the eternal father, and his son Jesus Christ. We study about the life of Joseph Smith and the early history of the resorted Church. Joseph Smith kept detailed journals and records, which is why we are able to know so much about his life. Since he was alive less than 200 years ago, those records have not been lost. Whereas we can only study about Moses and Noah through the accounts given in scripture so the first hand knowledge is limit. But the life of Joseph Smith is well documented by many who knew him so we are able to learn more about the intricacies of his life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ashley Danielle
No, the church does not care about party affiliation, good political leaders can be found in different parties. We are taught to be responsible citizen, to be aware of the issues, and to participate in government in whatever capacity we are able. But at the same time we are given the freedom to choose... to participate... not to participate... to vote for or not vote for whomever we wish. While the church does not endorse political parties, the church does have teaching that relate to certain social issues of the day. Mormons believe that the family unit is central to God's plan for us and to any community. There are a lot of issues in politics of the day that effect the family, mainly abortion and same-sex marriage. Just like any interest group, Mormons tend to vote based on our beliefs. Just as an environmentalist would vote for a party or candidate who will protect the environment...I will vote for a party or candidate who will protect the family unit. Show more Show less